CM to inaugurate Suresh Bhat memorial auditorium on Aug 13

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jul 2017 10:17:10

Principal Correspondent,

Finally, the date has been finalised for opening of the first solar powered auditorium of the city -- Suresh Bhat memorial auditorium. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the city’s biggest hall, on August 13. While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Ashwin Mudgal, Municipal Commissioner did not reveal details of the date, but highly placed sources in Mumbai informed that Chief Minister has agreed to inaugurate the auditorium on August 13. Mudgal said, “The auditorium is ready from our side for the inauguration. It will be a model auditorium for the people of surrounding areas.”

When asked whether any agency has approached for the job of maintenance of the hall, Mudgal said, “Till now no agency has approached us. The known people keep informing us about various agencies who can do the job.” NMC has already approved the proposal to set up solar power production system at the auditorium at a cost of Rs 1.18 crore. The private firm, Sadique and Company, constructing the auditorium, has set up the system.

NMC will have to bear the expenses on operation and maintenance of the auditorium. Organisations using the hall will have to bear the expenses on power. Charges will come down to a great extent if the total consumption is from solar power. Most of the city theatre artists have generally been perturbed with the limited number of auditoriums. With Suresh Bhat memorial auditorium coming in city, the artists as well as the audience are happy. Though the 90% works of the auditorium are completed in seven years. The project was started in 2010. The reason was delay in construction and increase in scope of works. The project was planned at Rs 33.60 crore but the cost escalated to Rs 77 crore.

The two-storey auditorium is constructed on 14,842.43 square meter land situated on one end of the Reshimbagh ground towards Great Nag road. The auditorium will have 1,400 seats at the lower level on first floor, 1,500 on the ground and 600 seats in balcony. The stage is 25 meter wide covering 300 square meter area. The solar power system will generate 200 KW electricity per hour. As one enters the auditorium, one sees beautiful murals along the staircase, which have been made by the city artists under the leadership of Project Manager Lalit Joshi.